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Children's Play, Learning and Development BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Bath College

Course description

This course is for you if you want to work with children in a professional capacity, whether you are a school leaver or a mature learner, with or without childcare experience.


Successful completion of the course provides the Qualified Practitioner status for the 0-8 age group. This qualification is recognised to be the equivalent of 3 academic A-levels. The professional practice unit also attracts UCAS points.


You will study the National Subsidiary Certificate in the first year and if successful will progress onto the National Diploma in the second year. In order to achieve your Early Years Educator status, which allows you to work unsupervised with children, you must successfully complete the full National Diploma.

Course content

The course consists of 18 units of academic study and a minimum of 800 hours of supervised professional practice with children.


Units of study may include:


  • Positive Relationships for Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • Positive Environments for Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • Promoting Children’s Development
  • Reflecting on and Developing Practice for Children aged 0-8 (double unit)
  • Protecting Children
  • Promoting Children’s Rights
  • Children’s Learning Activities and Play
  • Promoting Well being and resilience in children
  • Promoting Well-being and Resilience in Children
  • Diet and Nutrition for Children
  • The Impact of Social Policy on Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • Psychological Perspectives on Behaviour
  • Managing an Early Years or Playwork Environment
  • Supporting Children’s Literacy Skills
  • Modern Beliefs and Religions for the Early Years Practitioner
  • Meeting Additional Requirements for Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • The development and care of babies and children under 3 years

Entry requirements

Five full GCSE’s at grade C or above, including English language and maths; or a BTEC First Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development at merit; or equivalent qualifications
Clear Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, to be applied for AFTER successful enrolment onto the course. Please download this PDF for more information.


There will be continuous assessment by coursework and assessment of competence in practice.

Future opportunities

Progress to an undergraduate course in childcare or children’ s education or a general childhood studies degree programme
Career options include work in a nursery or a range of childcare settings

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bath College directly.

Last updated date: 02 February 2016

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